By: Deanna Guzman


I came to Kenya with a world of assumptions. Africa is underdeveloped, she is a country of the impoverished and poor.

I came to Kenya with the assumptions of a privileged American. “I will change their world and for that I am proud” “The people of Africa don’t know any better and are in need”

I came to Kenya and instead realized I was that with the underdeveloped mind and therefore the one in need.

I came to Kenya and was welcomed with open arms of gratitude. I came to Kenya and was greeted every day with grace and camaraderie

I came to Kenya and learned she is a country of passion and beauty
She is a country hungry for autism education and a country with natives who are thriving for a future of equality for their children with ASD

I came to Kenya and saw there is already an exceptional autism center staffed by brilliant, dedicated minds
I came to Kenya to realize she has flourished above my ignorant assumptions and has already began to develop autism acceptance for her own people 

I came to Kenya and learned she is a country of power and drive
I came to Kenya and said “thank you” Thank you for opening my mind and cleansing me of my privileged arrogance
I came to Kenya and through her humbled beauty have become a better human being